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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Citizen Of Cameroon Indicted For Hindering Removal

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, announced that a 44- year-old native and citizen of Cameroon was charged with hindering removal from the United States.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Patrice Talbot, age 44, a native and citizen of Cameroon, in the United States illegally was charged in a one-count indictment returned on October 9 by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg.

     The indictment alleges that Talbot, an alien who was under a final order of removal from the United States, did connive, conspire, and take action that was designed and intended to prevent and hamper his departure from the United States.

     This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian G. McDonnell.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is four years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Updated April 16, 2015